Adrian Pavone wrote:
Steven Hartland wrote:


This is why there are options in place that would allow you to
download the cvsup to one of you computers, likely a server of some
sort, and your other computers all retrieve the CVSup from this local
server, significantly speeding up the retrieval time and decreasing
the load on the primary servers, a win for everyone. If you have
computers of varying architectures or in seperated geographical
locations this would not work as worded, but from your wording it
sounded like you had a local LAN of computers.

You couldnt be more wrong there even though the cvsup source might
as well be on the local LAN we have such a quick connection to it.
The shear volume of files that have to be checked adds a significant
amount of time to any method to syncing them, from cvsup local rsync
to tar I've tried them all.

Ohh, and for your informations, statistics do lie, that is the point
of statistical analysis, which I spent 1 1/2 years of my life studying
before changing into my current Software Engineering/Computer Security
degree.

Your just being pedantic, you know quite well what was ment.

And, the arguements would arise from the "common" ports/packages
directory, a suggestion of fbsd's I believe, whereby common ports that
would not be built often primarily due to their size, and so wouldn't
show up in statistics (such as Gnome, KDE, OpenOffice, and a number of
others), would be placed into a common directory of the ports/packages
tree, and would be exempt from these statistics. The arguements would
arise over what should be placed into this "common" directory.

The suggestion was capable of registering either when installed by
ports or packages so a mute point.

And what about the case of a port that would be built many times over
its lifetime, mainly due to program version changes? The first one
that springs to mind would be Firefox. Firefox has had a number of
version changes in the same space of time that Exim, a very commonly
used mail server application, has been updated, and assuming an even
distribution of mail servers and desktop users with firefox, firefox
would appear to be 10-20 times more active over it's lifetime.

And your point being?

It is also common for people with a desktop computer to format their
HDD every 3 months or so, and every time this occured, the desktop PC
ports (Xorg, Firefox, KDE/XFCE/GNOME, OpenOffice.org, etc.) would get
a rebuild/redownload, again throwing the stastics out of whack.

No its still being used isnt it which is what we are interested in.


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